Thursday, April 27, 2006
Ayn Rand's most ambitious novel may finally be brought to the big screen after years of false starts.
Lionsgate has picked up worldwide distribution rights to "Atlas Shrugged" from Howard and Karen Baldwin ("Ray"), who will produce with John Aglialoro.
As for stars, book provides an ideal role for an actress in lead character Dagny Taggart, so it's not a stretch to assume Rand enthusiast Angelina Jolie's name has been brought up. Brad Pitt, also a fan, is rumored to be among the names suggested for lead male character John Galt.
Hopefully, because it’s being enthusiastically produced by an independent film company, the ideas of individual responsibility, unfettered capitalism, and the evils of the politically correct entitlement society will be preserved and conveyed as they were intended to be.
The first time I read Atlas Shrugged I was in my early twenties and I vividly remember seeing the parallels with the different political factions of today. It’s incredible to me how Ayn Rand was able to pinpoint, even in 1957, how a free society will tend toward Socialism if the forces of freedom, responsibility and capitalism don’t actively fight against it.
I told both my kids that if they read Atlas Shrugged before they graduate high school and discuss intelligently its meanings with me and ask questions, they get $100. 1100 pages of objectivist rant is a bit much I realize, but the story is excellent and the eye-opening that will take place is well worth it.
There are a lot of conservative books out there now, most of which are valuable resources for combating the scourges of the Liberalism-gone-wild phenomena that are taking place in political circles in this country. Atlas Shrugged is the original and should be at the top of every conservative's reading list.
I can hardly wait!